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The Asoh Defense: “As you Americans say, I ****** up”

The Asoh Defense: “As you Americans say, I ****** up”

Sometimes an aviation concept finds applications in other fields, and the Asoh Defense is one such example. It’s still an aviation lesson, however. The story around the statement may well be apocryphal. Captain Kohei Asoh, pilot-in-command of Japan Airlines Flight 2,...
NTSB Update – United 328 Engine Failure Over Denver

NTSB Update – United 328 Engine Failure Over Denver

Yesterday, the NTSB released an investigation update on the United 328’s P&W engine failure, that happened shortly after the flight departed Denver. The NTSB’s update is a very extensive report on the United incident. It is very useful because a lot of the...
United 777-200 UPDATE: FAA To Ground Affected Jets!

United 777-200 UPDATE: FAA To Ground Affected Jets!

The FAA will issue an Airworthiness Directive to ground older United Boeing 777 aircraft with a specific Pratt & Whitney engine model, for checks. Two days ago, a United Airlines Boeing 777-222 experienced what looks like an uncontained engine failure. The...
Sriwijaya Crash: Crucial Components Sent To US, UK

Sriwijaya Crash: Crucial Components Sent To US, UK

Three weeks after the Sriwijaya crash, Indonesian authorities are sending five components to the US and the UK, for examination. The autothrottle system is among them. The information comes from the Indonesian investigation authority (KNKT). As we have already seen,...
How Does An Air Accident Investigation Begin?

How Does An Air Accident Investigation Begin?

This article will attempt to give a general overview of an air accident investigation and the different authorities that would participate. Along the way, we will see how this may relate to the initial stages of the investigation, on the tragic crash of Sriwijaya Air...